Report: Tilda Swinton In Talks For Major Doctor Strange Role


Get ready for some more “this isn’t like the comic!” outrage. Or maybe not, since not as many people are familiar with the history and supporting cast of Doctor Strange.

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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news earlier today that Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The 54-year-old Brit would add even more impressive acting talent to a cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, as Swinton won the 2007 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her eye-opening turn in Michael Clayton.

It’s interesting news in and of itself as evidence that Marvel is pulling out all the stops for this movie, perhaps because it stars a character whose familiarity to the masses might stop at his name. What makes it even more intriguing is that THR says Swinton is being eyed to play the Ancient One, the enigmatic mystic who saves Stephen Strange from his own arrogance and despair and starts him on the road to become Sorcerer Supreme.

And yes, the Ancient One is a man in Marvel comics. That means a certain segment of fandom is bound to get caught up on the fact that the studio is changing the gender of one of the film’s main characters, though there’s certainly no story-related reason that Strange’s mentor needs to be a guy.

Even if Swinton signs on, there should be several other juicy roles still left for other actors, including at least one villain. Helmed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange is headed to theaters on November 4, 2016.

(via THR by way of Comic Book Resources)

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